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The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel

20301 Oakwood Boulevard · Dearborn, Michigan 48124 USA

The History of the Dearborn Inn

  • 313-271-2700


Colonial Homes

Believing it was important to preserve the past for future generations, Henry Ford commissioned the construction of five replica homes of famous Americans.

Today, these Dearborn Colonial Homes provide our guests with an experience reminiscent of a Bed and Breakfast, and are popular for guests celebrating a special occasion, as well as those seeking a unique hotel stay. The original plan called for eighteen homes, but the start of World War II led to a shortage for resources, and construction was halted after five.

Barbara Fritchie

Barbara Fritchie was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1766, but her long and patriotic life was spent in Frederick, Maryland, where she labored tirelessly for the Union army during the Civil War. She married John Casper Fritchie, a glove maker. Their home was a small cottage on West Patrick Street, and was known as a story-and-a-half, with dormer windows set in a low roof. Mrs. Fritchie was immortalized in a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier who touted her bravery in protesting Stonewall Jackson's march through Frederick.

The Fritchie house features three king guest rooms, two with an adjoining parlor and two full baths, one of which features a small screened porch.

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is heralded as one of the great American poets. He was born in West Hills, now known as Huntington, New York, in 1819, in the house that has been reproduced at The Dearborn Inn Colonial Village. It is a simple farmhouse of the type built in Westchester County, New York, and dates back to about 1675.

The Whitman house features three king guest rooms and one queen guest room. Two of the king rooms offer a separate parlor and one king room includes a screened porch.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe, the great American author and poet, lived in a small cottage with his wife and mother in the simplest American form of frame building. It stood on the east side of Kingsbridge Road at what is now 192nd Street in New York City. Colonial influence is shown by its paneled doors, broad mantels and small paned windows.

The Poe house is the smallest in the Colonial Home Village featuring one king bedroom and a suite bath on the second floor, with the entire main floor consisting of a parlor, den, efficiency kitchen, and full bath.

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry made his permanent mark on the pages of American Revolutionary history with the famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech. His home at Red Hill, Charlotte County, Virginia, which he purchased in 1794, was a small dwelling. And while Red Hill was destroyed by fire in 1919, the house was recreated from plans, records and pictures that have been deemed authentic.

The Henry house features eight king guest rooms, six of which offer an adjoining parlor and second bath, while one features a small screened porch.

Governor Oliver Wolcott

Oliver Wolcott graduated from the Yale school of medicine in 1745, but decided to take to his family's long tradition of public service. Wolcott was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a General in the Revolutionary War and the Governor of Connecticut. The Oliver Wolcott house was built in 1754 on land in Litchfield, Connecticut, given to the future governor by his father. Among the famous guests who visited this fine old house were Alexander Hamilton, General Lafayette and General Washington. The house reflects the fine living of their day.

The Wolcott house features two king bedrooms and one queen/queen bedroom, all with adjoining parlors and two full baths. The home also features an additional king bedroom that includes one bath, adjoining parlor, and a large screened porch.

Colonial Home Amenities

  • Dedicated parking adjacent to the entrance
  • Refrigerator in each room
  • Room service
  • Wireless Internet access

Please note that fireplaces are not operational and there are no ice machines. However, ice may be delivered or retrieved from the concierge entrance. Rollaway beds are not permitted.

*Edgar Allen Poe House includes unique features and requires an additional premium charge. It is unavailable for online reservations. Please contact our Sales office for pricing and availability at 313-271-3899.

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